The human suffering caused by opioid abuse is clear. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 97.5 million Americans used, or misused, prescription pain pills in 2015. Drug-overdose deaths have tripled since 2000, and opioid abuse now kills more than a hundred Americans a day. But often omitted from the conversation about the epidemic is its harmful effects on the American economy, and on a scale not seen in any previous . . .
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